||[May. 14th, 2012|08:50 pm]
I recently watched Kamichu! in a marathon-watching session. It is a 16-episode anime about a shy middle school student living in a city near Hiroshima who one day becomes a god. It's a sweet slice-of-life type of story, mixing in cute teen friendship and romance with some fun supernatural stuff. I love stories that have fun with Shinto. There's an adorable god of poverty, whose movements are tracked in a report (similar to a weather report) in the god magazine. He's unwanted everywhere (naturally) and is thus very resigned and self-effacing. There's the annual gathering of gods (aka the "kami-con") in Izumo, during "the month without gods" (at least in the rest of the country). There's the reaction of the locals, something like "So you're a god now!" said in the same way as if she'd won some minor prize at school. Virtually every character is likeable, the friendships are sweet, the romance is adorable, the art is very pretty. The pace is slow, everything is aburdly laid-back, and nothing much happens at times (except when it does…like aliens!). I now want to visit Onomichi, the city this is set in.
Yurie and friends being typical teens
The float for the "Yurie-chan Matsuri."
Not much fun for her...
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